Here is the blank letter to local elected officials that you may use. The cities of Fayetteville, Bentonville, Rogers, and Springdale are going to vote soon on whether to adopt the Connect NWA Plan for building up public transportation over the next 10 years. It is very important that we members of ORBT write to our city council person, city mayor, as well as our county JPs, and county judge, to let them know we support adopting the plan.

Read it and then modify it anyway you wish. Personalize it too. For instance write your name on it. But don’t write “Your Name” LOL. Just be sure to include you are a member of ORBT, that you support adopting the 10 year plan for Connect NWA, support a Regional Transit Authority, electric vehicles, and the development of transit hubs/stations.

Here is the blank letter:

October X, 2020

Local official name

Title here

Anytown, State ZIP

4321 First Street

Dear (insert proper salutation)

I am a member of Ozark Rail and Bus Transit, a community advocacy group for green mass transit here in NWA. You can visit our website here: https://ozarkrailandbustransit.com and look us up on Facebook. 

I am writing to you regarding the Northwest Arkansas Regional Planning Commission’s Connect NWA 10 Year Development Plan for public tranportation. ORBT supports a more comprehensive plan that includes a Regional Transit Authority, and battery electric motor units for buses, trains, and light rail trams. We like what we see in Connect NWA. We acknowledge that to start our vision of green mass transit we must begin with the first steps found in Connect NWA. 

I am asking you to vote for Connect NWA in city council. I do want to add that work still needs to be done to create a Regional Transit Authority. The RTA will work to do prepare for commuter rail, light rail trams, and multimodal transit hubs, i.e. stations. 

Stations promote economic growth and focus residential and retail development. Stations with the proper zoning create the population/job density that makes mass transit practical. These zoned areas control the sprawl that uglies up the Ozarks. 

Our planet is on fire due to climate change. We must act quickly or we will face a disaster worse than anything we can comprehend. Mass transit is a silver bullet aimed at carbon pollution. The use of battery electric motor units increases the impact of mass transit and brings carbon emissions to zero. BEMUs are technologically mature and commerically available. There are grants for converting our bus fleets to BEMUs. This needs to happen now. 

The last thing I want to mention is higher pay for transit operators. We are going to ask drivers to work Monday thru Sunday from before light to after midnight. Operators in markets with a similar population to NWA make as much as twice what our drivers do. In order to build a professional cadre of transit operators, and their support workers, we must raise wages. 

Thank you for your time. If you have any comments or questions please contact me at the address/email/cell phone number I listed above. 

Sincerely yours,

Please copy and paste the letter to your word processor. Then fill it out and send it as soon as possible. Let’s swamp our local leaders with mail! It helps the Post Office too.

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